Review: Byomkesh Bakshy

Based on the fictional character created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is produced by the mighty production house of Yash Raj Pictures and directed by National Award winner Dibakar Banerjee who has to his credit movies like Shanghai and Oye Lucky Lucky Oye

Story: Set during the invasion of Calcutta during World War 2, the movie marks the arrival of the quick witted and determined Byomkesh Bakshy who has to piece together a mysterious puzzle when a genius scientist goes missing. With a burning desire to unravel the mystery, Byomkesh embarks on a journey and soon discovers a world of gangsters, drugs and scheming politicians.

Direction: The entire team of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy deserve complete praise for the manner in which the movie has been presented. The story unfolds quickly with well-defined characters, and though the story does stagger at times, it is bound to keep the viewer intrigued till the exciting conclusion. Full points also to the team for ensuring the settings are intricately woven into the narrative.

Performances: While it is  hard to fault any of the performances, the movie rests on the capable shoulders of Sushant Singh Rajput who has increased his stake in the industry. After solid performances in Kai Po Che, Shudd Desi Romance and PK, he passes this acid test with flying colours. The remainder cast are equally convincing in their roles.

Overall: Coupled with strong performances and a tight script there is a nice classy feel of nostalgia that makes this movie worth the watch. Hopefully Byomkesh Bakshy is a franchise that is here to stay.

Rating 7/10

Watch the trailer here: Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is based on the early exploits of India’s first true-blue detective, created by Bengali bestseller writer Saradindu Bandyopadhyay.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! stars Sushant Singh Rajput as Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (a young Bengali private detective), Anand Tiwari as Ajit Bandyopadhyay (the sidekick of Byomkesh Bakshy, also an author), Swastika Mukherjee as Anguri Devi (a dancer and spy), Divya Menon as Satyawati (the love interest of Byomkesh Bakshy), Neeraj Kabi as Dr. Anukul Guha and Meiyang Chang as Kanai Dao.

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